Absence Clampdown? Sick!

Posted in Tubeworker's blog on Thu, 21/05/2020 - 16:43,
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One of the orchestra of strings attached to the government financial bailout of TfL is that the company now has to report staff absence data to the government.

This is pretty obviously a precursor to 'imrpvoing' attendance figures by cracking the whip once we are back to 'normal' times.

But if the Covid-19 crisis has proved one thing, it is that attending work when you are sick can be deadly. To protect health and life, both management and the government - neither of them known as champions of workers' rights - had to act quickly to reduce the coercion of sick workers to attend work: the government by allowing SSP claims from day one of absence; management by dropping LDIs and paying full wages to people who are isolated.

It is indefensible for our current, punitive attendance policy to be restored after the crisis, let alone for an even harsher one to be introduced.

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